EAST LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – The ripple effect from the ongoing investigation into the sexual harassment allegations against suspended Michigan State University head football coach Mel Tucker is continuing this week. MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum has called on the university to “thoroughly investigate” allegations surrounding the release of the identity of the woman bringing the accusations.
Byrum’s comments come after accuser Brenda Tracy acknowledged that a member of the media leaked her name prior to Sunday’s publication of her case in USA Today. Tracy and her organization Set the Expectation partnered with MSU after the trial and imprisonment of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nasser, who molested hundreds of female athletes under the guise of treatment. Tracy alleges she and Tucker developed a friendship, but in April 2022 that changed when he sexually harassed her over the phone. Tucker claims it was consensual phone sex.
Tracy filed her complaint with MSU in December 2022 and a committee concluded its investigation on July 25. MSU does not publicly release the names of victims.
MSU has also not released the 6,000 documents requested by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel related the the Nasser scandal. Survivors are suing the school.
University officials have referred to the Tucker investigation as “ongoing” and he is suspended without pay until his October 5 hearing.